You may have seen him recently as part of the acoustic supergroup, Basement Birds, but the APRA-Award winning, Perth singer/songwriter Steve Parkin has been crafting songs for well over a decade.
His former band, Autopilot, released an EP called Pure Gold Baby in 1999, which garnered a four-star review in Rolling Stone as well as national radio play and many a heralded tour support spot. Following Autopilot’s permanent hiatus, Steve Parkin wrote his first solo album, Sandytown, which was released under the moniker Steve Parkin and the Foreign Films. Sandytown found itself spinning on national radio and led to a few coveted solo support spots with the likes of Beth Orton and Tori Amos.
Fast forward a few years to his new album Mighty Big Light. The pop flavour that characterised Autopilot (and Parkin’s previous release with the Foreign Films, 2004’s Sandytown) again comes to the fore, but in a manner befitting the maturation of Parkin as a writer. The album represents a consolidation of Steve Parkin’s experience thus far and the new roads ahead. The track, “Sun Stealer” gained commercial radio play, a gorgeous video directed by an AFI-Award winning director and came home as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC).
Basement Birds, for what was supposed to be a cheeky side project for it’s members, became a huge success. The pop folk acoustic group performed all over Australia as well as the APRA Awards and an in-store at Apple in Sydney. The album was nominated for an ARIA and won the ISC AAA category for the single “Bus Stop”.
Steve kept himself busy in between albums playing in the Bob Evans band and writing with other Perth artists for instance, Little Birdy, Eskimo Joe and most recently Goodnight Tiger. For some of these tracks, he’s brought home accolades – “Foreign Land” which he wrote with Eskimo Joe won an APRA Award, an ISC finalist spot and a runner-up in the Vanda and Young Songwriting competition. Not to mention it was the #1 most played song on radio. Of course, he is enjoys songwriting workshops and has presented for WAM, APRA, Song Summit (with Basement Birds), Fuse Festival and Ampfest.
2012 sees Steve Parkin focusing on co-writing, writing to pitch, score writing and collaborating. Of course, he’s always open to lending his highly underrated vocal chords to any recording but really it’s about the song now. Expect plenty more from Steve Parkin!